First year Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced Clayton Carlin as the Chanticleers’ defensive coordinator Wednesday.
Carlin comes to Coastal after two seasons at Bucknell, where he was the Bison defensive coordinator. In 2010, he coached the linebackers. For the 2011, Carlin was promoted to assistant head coach, shifting his focus to the secondary.
In his second year at Bucknell, the Bison defense ranked third in the NCAA in rush defense, allowing just 78.27 rushing yards per game, while leading the Patriot League and ranking 12th in total defense. Bucknell additionally ranked 15th nationally in scoring defense. His 2011 defense featured consensus All-American defensive back Bryce Robertson, who led the nation (FCS and FBS) with 13 interceptions. Thanks to Robertson, Bucknell led the nation in turnover margin, getting 22 interceptions and recovering 17 fumbles.
Carlin returned to Pennsylvania after a number of stops at both the FCS and FBS levels. For the six years prior to joining the Bucknell staff, he was an assistant coach at Ivy League institution Cornell. During that span he served two stints at defensive coordinator, covering four seasons. In his first year (2004) the Big Red finished seventh nationally in rush defense and 13th nationally in scoring defense (18.1 ppg). After a two-year tenure as the team’s offensive coordinator, Carlin returned to the defensive side of the ball and was once again responsible for defensive play calling and game planning.
For his last five years at Cornell, Carlin served as assistant head coach in addition to his coordinator duties. He also mentored the cornerbacks, safeties and wide receivers throughout his tenure.
While Carlin was Cornell’s offensive coordinator, the Big Red ranked 10th nationally in rushing (2005), had two 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in program history and averaged better than 27 points per game (2005), the best at Cornell in more than 50 years.
Prior to Cornell, Carlin spent one year as the special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and safeties coach at New Mexico State. It was his second stint with the Aggies, having also been wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator from 1997-99.
In between his stays at New Mexico State, Carlin spent one year as defensive backs coach at Villanova and two at Buffalo.
Carlin got his start at the Division I level as a graduate assistant at Nebraska under legendary coach Tom Osborne from 1994-96. During that span the Cornhuskers went 36-2 and won two national titles.
Following his graduation from Juniata in 1987 with a degree in communications, Carlin, who also has a master’s degree in educational administration from Nebraska, was a head coach at St. Joseph’s Prep High School in Philadelphia, Pa., for four years. His first foray into college coaching came at Delaware Valley College, where he was the defensive backs coach in 1992 and 1993.
Carlin and his wife, Kathleen, have six children: daughters Carsen (11) and Julia (9); and sons, Clayton (8), Brady (6), Cole (4) and Conner (2).